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This is my last and final blog

This is the last time I blog here forever.   Farewell.                                                                                                                            

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It's how to compile in 1980s on PCs

I took a look about C language in DOS.   First. You need a plain text editor to write your codes.   Then compile it with Microsoft  C.   And use link to make an executable file.   Programming is more easily in 1990s when all computers have hard disk.

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A black and white handheld with a crank?

A black and white handheld with a crank?

Play Date     https://play.date/     When everybody has color handhelds or mobiles or tablets, selling a black & white system is just silly.   The crank could be useful for fishing games.   The crank can make annoying noise too.

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Good thing it's not an intellivision

Browsing unless website, I spotted a Mattel video game system called HyperScan released in 2005. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HyperScan   HyperScan is somebody would say advance for its time, can scam cards from games to make it to run like Nintendo does with Amiibos.   I don't have this console but based on many reviews, Hyperscan is an awful system to play with dated graphics and difficult to scan cards and poor games.   We are lucky Mattel didn't name

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A very late 3ds game.

Paw Patrol 3DS will be released at December 31st 2019.     Does Nintendo still support 3DS?   I thought Nintendo was discontinued 3DS at July 25, 2019.

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TV starts acting funny

My Toshiba TV screen becomes darker and one moment later brighter.   It happens with other channels too.     That reminds me when my monitor had the same thing before it dies years ago.   Probably I will buy a new tv set one day.

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Google Stadia: more I know, more I shouldn't bother with it.

Unlike other consoles, Google Stadia is a console where it can play games from cloud, not from hard disk, sd or other devices.   The problem with it, if Google decides to terminate its console, we would get an orphaned console without games because Stadia only plays cloud games.   If Atari 2600 was a cloud console instead cartridges, nobody would play it today.   What a shame.    

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Over pricing video games since 1985.

I just checked my old catalogues and I noted console games are higher than pre-NES.   Before NES, console games are around $10- $40. Computer games are around $30-$60.   With NES and other consoles starts having games the same price than computers, around $40-$90. Commodore 64 has lower price games.   Only Atari 2600 has decent prices around $20-$35 until 1992.   $ = Canadian dollar.

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YouTube new policies

From now, YouTube users need to tell if their videos are made for children or not. https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/9527654?hl=en   Myself, I can't tell if some of my videos are for kids.    I make them for everybody, not just for kids.

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Rules to buy a new video game system

I follow my rules when it's time to buy a new video game system.   1 - The system must be good and available in almost stores.   2 - The games I want so hard to play it.   3 - The games must be physical, not digital.     I bought Atari Lynx just to play Ms Pac-Man. The Gameboy version was not available yet.   Luckily, I also bought later, S.T.U.N. Runner, Steel Talons and Lemmings. They are all great on the Lynx.   In 2018, I bough

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I thought they are banned

I'm surprised to find Popeye candy stick.     I read in the internet these candies like this are banned because they look likes cigarettes.

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Names from Conquest of the New World

I always wonder if the names from Conquest of the new world are real.     After a little researches from wikipedia, few names are from military.   Don George: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dom_George_Franck   Lady Marsha: from a recent actress?  http:// https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marsha_Fitzalan   Lord William: http:// https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lord_William_Bentinck   Sir Gregory: http:// https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sir_Greg

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Insering a miniSD card .... Not in good way

I inserted a miniSD card in my mp3 player.   Then I tried to play new songs. The mp3 player does not reconise the sd card.   I checked and I noted the sd card is not inserted.   I took a look at the desk and the floor. Nothing.     Weeks later, the mp3 player makes noises when I shake it.   I realised the SD card must be inside it somehow.   I can't find a way to retrieve it without ruining my mp3 player.   Instead,

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Strange error.

I worked on my colecovision game when I get this message:     I'm not really sure 'Evelyn the modified dog' means but I guess my one of my game turned into a monster.   I'm not sure 'Conditional flow changed by optimizer' either.    I will work on m game if this message keeps showing. If it the case, I might ask for help.     Alright. It's late. I'm going to sleep.   See you another day. Bye.

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Classic music

I like listening classic music from time in time but I won't spend all day listening to them.   Most radio stations play any kind of songs except classic music.   For some reason, listening classic music for me is more like listening silent movies even if classic music is more older than movies.     My favourites are: Chopin, Mozart, Tchaïkovski, Strauss and others.

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Challenging Google

Albert, the owner of Atariage, said Google (and other search sites) could show screenshots from my club.     Yeah! Google found a picture from "the official Robin Gravel's club".   Actually, it's a banner from the main club page where everybody can see anyway.   But can Google find my pictures from my topics/blogs inside my club?   Only the time will tell.

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Grizeline gave birth.

I just discovered my cat gave birth.      I can't tell when Grizeline gave birth.   Mom knows where to hide her kitties.   I think it's three kitties from the picture.   How cute. 😍   But we have to deal with these new cats too.

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